Green light for German traffic light coalition of SPD, Greens and FDP

Correspondent Charlotte Waaijers:

“It seems that all three parties are getting something out of it. For example, the SDP actively campaigned for a minimum wage of 12 euros; it is intended that this will come. For the FDP it is important that Germany gets a more modern digital infrastructure, a more flexible labor market and less bureaucracy.The Greens wanted to close the coal-fired power stations as early as 2030, instead of 2038. The three parties want to work towards that too.

At the same time, it is also becoming apparent where the compromises have to be made. An important point is, for example, how all investments in climate and digitization should be paid for. The parties now speak of both private and public investment, which may indicate that government debt may still rise. The FDP was against it.

Nor is there any mention of the introduction of a wealth tax, which the Greens and the SPD wanted. And also not unimportant for Germans: there seems to be no speed limit on the highways for the time being, as the Greens and the SPD wanted.”